Markarian´s Chain of galaxies: As if they are dancing in a beautiful arrangement this group of galaxies in the constellation of Virgo are part of the huge Virgo cluster of galaxies some 50 million light years away. There are older elliptical galaxies and younger spiral galaxies all present in this image. The two bright elliptical ones on the right are M84 and M86.

Object Markarianīs Chain of galaxies
Category Galaxies
Designation M 084, M 086
Constellation Virgo
Optics TMB 80 f/6 x 0.8 Tele Vue Reducer/Flattener
Mount Piggyback on LX 200 and Equatorial Superwedge
Camera Hutech modified Canon EOS 30D
Exposure 28 x ISO 800-5min, IDAS LPS filter
Calibration Dark and Flat Frame
Guiding Meade DSI Pro and LX 200 as Guide Scope. PHD as Guiding Software
Processing ImagesPlus, Photoshop
Location-Date Somerset West, South Africa - 16,18 March 2007
 
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